Incredibly, another school year has once again come to an end. The end of term is very much about a time for reflection, to review what has gone well, and to continue to plan for future growth and improvement. It is about working continually to strengthen the ethos and vision of the school as it strives to be outstanding. As the letter from the Chair of the Trustees shows, conversion to Academy status and becoming part of the Windsor Learning Partnership continues to be an integral part of this further growth and improvement. Better standards and outcomes for all of our pupils continues to be our goal by ensuring school is a vibrant, stimulating, happy place to be and one that is all about people and the positive and lasting relationships they forge.
The end of a school year is also a time for farewells when we reluctantly have to say goodbye and thank you to a number of individuals.
Mr Pearce has gained a most deserved promotion and is departing Dedworth Middle School. Mr Pearce has made a huge contribution to the school since his arrival in 2009, firstly, as a teacher of English and then as English Coordinator. In this time he has greatly impacted on the standards in English not only through his own teaching but through his leadership of his team. Outside of the world of English he has somehow found time to involve himself in a number of residential Year 6 PGL trips. His commitment, high expectations and caring rapport has certainly brought the best out of so many of our pupils. I know that you will want to join me in thanking him for his contribution to Dedworth Middle School and to wish him every success at his new school.
We are also saying farewell to one of our Assistant Head Teachers, Mrs Leslie, who has certainly made a considerable contribution during her short time at Dedworth Middle School both in her leadership role and as an outstanding Geography teacher; igniting many a child’s passion for the subject, ensuring that many will go on to study the subject at the Upper Schools. Her determination, high expectations and insistence that all our children develop a positive attitude to their school and learning has made a real impact on the outcomes for so many of our pupils. Mrs Leslie isn’t travelling far, however, as she moves to The Windsor Boys’ School to take charge of transition and the Geography department. Along with our leaving Year 8 children we do hope to see a lot of her as the schools continue to work together as part of the Windsor Learning partnership. We all wish Mrs Leslie every success.
Mrs Azoulay is also moving on to further her career in a new school. In a relatively short time Mrs Azoulay has greatly impacted on the standards in French and been a most supportive Year 8 tutor. Her commitment, dedication and caring nature has certainly brought the best out of so many of our pupils. She too, will be sorely missed and we thank her for the contribution she has made in her time at Dedworth Middle School and wish her well for the future.
We are also saying farewell to Mr Beattie whom is leaving us to develop his own business outside the world of education. Mr Beattie took up his post at very short notice just before Christmas and has done a wonderful job ensuring that the pupils in his charge have been expertly guided, nurtured and enthused in an outstanding manner ensuring they all achieve and develop. For this we thank, and wish, him the very best in his future venture, though we may see more of him in the near future when he comes back to work with some of our Year 6 booster groups.
With the school thriving and pupil numbers increasing the school has been successful in recruiting a number of staff eager to start their Dedworth careers in September.
Mr Bingham is joining the staff team as Assistant Head Teacher. As an experienced and outstanding Science teacher Mr Bingham will bring considerable extra strength to the staff team and is looking forward to the start of the new term. Joining him on the Senior Leadership Team is Mr Little, who is also taking up an Assistant Head Teacher post. As an experienced Primary practitioner he will take charge of the Key Stage 2 team. Mrs O’Donnell, whilst currently teaching PE was promoted at the beginning of this term as our third Assistant Head Teacher.
Greatly strengthening the Primary teaching staff are Mrs Usher, Mrs Scott and Miss Renton who will be joining the staff team as Key Stage 2 teachers. Miss Hill is starting as a newly qualified teacher of French with Mrs Rakowska will be further strengthening the Maths department. All of the above have already spent some days in schools and are looking forward to the start of the new school year. Miss Andersen will be continuing as part of the staff team as a Year 5 teacher after successfully completing her training.
To all of those staff who are leaving we thank you for your hard work and loyalty and wish you well in the future. To those joining, I know that you will welcome them and continue to show the level of support that we have grown used to at the school. It just remains for me to thank you all for your continued support this year and to wish you a restful, relaxing and safe summer break.
Stuart Muir and Graeme Aldous
Snap Map warning for Parents
With the school holidays rapidly approaching the pupils will no doubt be using a lot of their free time glued to their devices.
One of the most common Apps at the moment is Snapchat. You may have heard reports about a new feature called “Snap Map”. This is causing a fair amount of fuss in the news.
It is the ability to be able to view a map showing the exact location of where they are and also their 'friends'.
This is concerning as it could make their whereabouts known to strangers as not every user is careful about who they add to their friends list.
An immediate suggestion for everybody, is to set their settings to be “Ghost Mode”. That way nobody is able to see their location. You do this by:
There are a couple of links which describe the Snapchat App and how to control settings.Snap Chat Site Link
ThinkUNow Internet Safety Guide
NSPCC Net-Aware Site
Parent/Carer Workshops - CSE, Online Safety and Substance Misuse
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in conjunction with the local police are running a series of free to attend workshops for parents and carers. Click here for more details.